Formed: 1942 Established: 1942
This page last updated:10/14/2008
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Koinonia was founded in 1942 by farmer and theologian Clarence Jordan, survived persecution in the 1950s-1970s for its inter-racialism and pacifism, and went on to become the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity International and other social justice organizations.
Today, we are an intentional Christian community welcoming people of all faiths. Our mission statement reads "We are Christians called to live together in intentional community sharing a life of prayer, work, study, service, and fellowship. We seek to embody peacemaking, sustainability, and radical sharing. While honoring people of all backgrounds and faiths, we strive to demonstrate the way of Jesus as an alternative to materialism, militarism, and racism." Our vision is love through service to others, peace through reconciliation, and joy through generous hospitality.
Our 573 acres of land in rural Georgia are home to pecan orchards, organic gardens and fruit orchards, a museum, woodshop, dining hall, chapel, residences, and two nearby neighborhoods built by Koinonia, and wooded areas including a Peace Trail. Our service to the wider community includes an outreach center with programs for youth and elders; the Heart to Heart home repair ministry; hospitality to visitors; an intern program; education on peace and justice, religious faith, Koinonia history; and other projects as needed. To support our community we sell treats made from the pecans we grow, baked goods, books, and community-made arts and crafts through our store and catalog. We are also sustained by donations, farm revenues, and the labor and prayers of our community and its supporters.
We welcome visitors, retreatants, and interns. We have guest housing as well as RV accessibility and space to camp. Please contact us before you come to visit.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Former/Other Names: Koinonia Partners, Koinonia Farm
This page last updated:10/14/2008
Visitor Process: Please contact us in advance to fill out a short application so that we may reserve housing for you. We can accommodate individuals and groups. Most share in our daily life, but some use our space as a retreat/conference center. We have suggested donations, but we are open to anyone. For a longer stay, inquire about our intern program.
Also the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity International, New Hope House, the Prison & Jail Project, and the Fuller Center for Housing
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
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Members(adults and children):
(The number of visitors & interns varies seasonally: 1-50+)
By a group of elders or other leaders
(Decisions are made primarily by members of the core community.)
(Among our core group we do have an individual in the position of director, and we have a board of directors, but most decisions are made by the core members.)
Leadership Core Group:
(We call this group our stewards.)
Labor and Money
Partial income sharing
(Very few of us have other jobs outside the community, so most of our income is made collectively on the farm. We do collect stipends from this income, dependent on factors like need and responsibility, but the rest stays with Koinonia.)
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Many can defer debts during time here due to low income, but we do not have the funds to pay off folks' pre-existing debts.)
(Hours depend on the season, the person's age, family status, and other factors, but is typically understood to be full-time.)
Land and Buildings
573 acres (231.9 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Percentage of Food Grown:
(We are working on increasing this with our organic garden.)
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all dinners
(We share the noon meal on weekdays.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(We also have vegetarian and vegan members.)
(Allowed considerately, in moderation.)
(Our buildings are non-smoking, but tobacco use is up to each individual.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(Koinonia is a Christian community open to people of all faiths. We work to develop each person's spirituality.)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(Koinonia is a Christian community, but members follow many paths.)
(Education is each family's decision. Some are home schooled and some attend public school.)
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